The Morning Routine That (REALLY) Works
We asked one of BECYCLE's brand ambassadors, Laura-Lucia Wehner, what it takes for her to keep up her morning routine all the while she's busy creating a facial treatment studio chain from scratch. It's called Hy Studios and will be available for walk-in facial treatments with Botox and Fillers throughout Germany. Here's what she has to say:
When reading about the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, there seems to be a recurring theme: their morning routine game is STRONG! Whether it’s Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who wakes up at 5:45am every morning to play a tennis match; CEO of The Virgin Group, Richard Branson, who gets up as early as 5am to squeeze in a morning run; or creator and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, who kicks starts each morning with a thirty-minute session of meditation. It seems a good routine that can be repeated every day is key.
However, this is often times (a lot) easier said than done. If you’re not a morning person, have a job that often calls for late nights, or you're simply a social butterfly who loves to go wining and dining during the week, a consistent morning routine might seem impossible. During those long, dark winter months, it is especially difficult. However, with all that said, it is proven that our brains work most efficiently in the mornings, and that is also when we are the most motivated. Therefore, these few crucial hours in the morning are key to our personal and professional development. Fortunately, it only takes around 66 days, so about two months, to turn a new behaviour into a habit. Here are some great steps to take in order to make this a bullet-proof process.
Prepare the night before
Not only should you set an alarm for when you wake up in the a.m., but also for when you hit the sheets at night. Making your sleep and wake times consistent is a huge factor in sticking to your routine. After a while of having done so, you won’t even need an alarm clock as your body will automatically be tired in the evening and wake you up when it’s time to get your day started.
Don’t hit the snooze button - EVER
When your alarm first goes off, your body reacts with a hit of adrenaline. If you decide to ignore that, so will your body the next time you hear the alarm—and you'll feel more tired and groggy rather than ready to start your day. As tempting as it might be - DON’T DO IT!
Read something inspiring
Instead of grabbing your phone and checking the news or social media first thing in the morning, make sure to read something positive and uplifting, even if it’s just for five minutes. While it’s important to read the news and know what’s going on in the world, it’s equally important to feed your mind with positive messages that fuel your thoughts and mindset for the day ahead.
Keep it moving
Studies have shown that exercise can increase mental acuity for up to 10 hours post workout. Now, that does not mean you immediately need to embark on a 20k marathon every morning, but a good sweat session will literally change not only your body, but also your life. Exercise increases endorphins and will motivate you throughout the entire day. Take some time to explore different workouts, whether that means a cardio or spin class where you can meet friends, or a mentally refreshing yoga class - find what works for you!
Eat the frog
Just like the best-selling business book, “Eat That Frog,” by Brian Tracy says, “eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This can be translated to “ do your most dreaded task first.” When you start with the biggest and/or most unpleasant task first, the rest of your day looks pretty great by comparison. Once you get to the office, do this task immediately and feel great and accomplished for the rest of your day.
And finally - literally eat something!
Whether or not you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, once you have accomplished your killer morning routine, you’ll definitely have worked up an appetite. Now it’s time to fuel your body and reward yourself for the work you have just done. Enjoy a nice breakfast. Opt for something rich in protein with some fruit or grains. You could try eggs, oatmeal, whole grain toast, or a fruit cup. Keep it light and keep it moving.
Article written by Laura-Lucia Wehner